Fine Little Paint Decorated Box
New England, ca. 1820-1840. Original dry paint on pine and boxwood. Chamfered edges to lid; base extends out on front and sides as a “molding” Superb original condition including spring-wire hinges and latch. Joinery by cut nails. Just 6 ¼ inches wide x 4 deep x 4 tall. Provenance: private New England collection; Courcier and Wilkins.
CHOICE Paint Decorated Valuables Box
Northeast, Probably New England, ca. 1810-1840. Original paint decoration of oyster white and black lining on a rich green ground, with confident and skillfully rendered tendril brushstrokes on the top. Pine, poplar, or basswood dovetailed case. In a very high state of originality, remarkably retaining its first undisturbed leather hinges, and scalloped leather border held by brass tacks. Also original brass lock plate and bale handle. Soft, dry surface. Subtly domed with no cracks. Small size that would bring stand-out historic craftsmanship to your mantel, candlestand, chest, or shelf. Just 11 ½ inches long x 5 ½ tall x 5 7/8 deep. Provenance: Olde Hope, Private NH collection
EXCEPTIONAL Anniversary Tin Fan
American, ca. 1860. During the second half of the 19th century, the tenth, or "tin" anniversary was one of great celebration. Whimsical gifts fashioned from tin were often presented to the married couple, made by professional tin smiths. This lady’s fan is beautifully smithed with folds that alternate in and out. In exceptional condition with perfect dry surface.....custom-fitted stand. Including stand about 21 inches tall.
His Cyphering Book
Probably Northeast, signed Joseph Rex, dated 1789, ink on laid paper. Dozens of pages showing not only Joseph’s mathematics problems workflow, but also showing off his beautiful calligraphy, in essence a period art form. Other signatures on the front may be of approving instructors, and also includes Willoughby M. Rex (perhaps the father). With considerable wear, yet an intriguing accessory to place on a period tavern table or desk as a window into rigorous 18th century mathematics education and thought. About 13 inches x 8 x ½.
TABLE-TOP Lighting Stand
New England, likely Connecticut, ca. early to mid-18th century. Rare fully developed and delightfully small sophisticated form. The slow-lathe turned ball feet are tenoned into and through a chamfered and tapered chestnut cross-base supporting a beautifully turned maple column, the top of which has hand-turned threads to allow vertical raising and lowering of the two-light candlearm. The tenoned feet are secured in place with wrought nails. Even after approaching three centuries the candle-arm still retains the original carved removable candle sockets. Although it could be well positioned on the floor, the small size (just 28 inches tall) and light weight were designed to provide lighting from a table top, desk, or chest. Superb original condition with nut-brown color. An early lighting design treasure. Private collection.
Vivid Paint Decorated Stand .....SOLD
New England, likely Maine, ca. 1820-1840. Strong color, with bold black graining on rich red ground on what appears to be pine and basswood. Long graceful turned legs. Excellent condition with just minor blemishes. Brass pull appears original and retains glue-blocks joining the top to sides. About 26 ½ inches tall; top about 20 wide x 18 ½ deep. Not only functional but also a sensational display piece for painted accessories or lighting.
Anniversary Tin Necklace and Accessories
The whimsical necklace is humorously fitted with a chunk of coal, rather than a gem, most likely as a anniversary joke, or perhaps even for good riddance. Three other pieces of anniversary tin offered as a group: a single shoe, a baby rattle (that really rattles) and a tiny woven basket.